Since Marvel and DC have both gone reboot crazy over the last several years, I’ve been struggling with printed comics. Then I remembered: trust the writer. This led me to Ed Brubaker’s Kill or be Killed and it’s just what I’ve been looking for.
For the uninitiated, Brubaker is the mind behind the brilliant Captain America Volume 5 that brought us the Winter Soldier and all of its complexities. Along with Peter David, he’s one of my favorite writers.
And his new book doesn’t disappoint.
In the tradition of things he’s done before like Criminal, Brubaker brings us more crime in Kill or be Killed, but there’s a twist. I won’t give it away here, but man, there’s motivation and then there’s motivation. I guess it’s right there in the title, but the specifics… I just didn’t see it coming.
So that pretty much covers all I’m willing to go into in terms of story, but I further go on to say that I like what Brubaker’s doing here with character relations, side plots and the noir narration style. There’s just nothing like good writing.
Man, Sean Phillips art is a breath of fresh air after what Marvel’s become. THIS IS WHAT I WANT. I can’t exactly quantify what I don’t like about Marvel’s current style as well as I’d like, but I will say that I think it looks like crap and I don’t like it!
Just look at this! There’s no comparison. And it’s not just the covers. The interior art is better, too. (While Phillips is the cover artist, he shares a credit with Elizabeth Breitweiser for the interiors.) Comics are a visual medium and art shouldn’t be overlooked and man does it deliver here.
What else can I say? Well, the book is great and you should buy and read it. I’m giving it a 9.5 out of 10 – it’s nearly perfect.
Kill or be Killed issue Number One:
Story By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Sean Phillips
Art By: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Cover By: Sean Phillips